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Bringing life back to dead zones

University of Illinois scientist tests bioreactors that filter nutrient runoff, reduce hypoxic zones Dead zones — those regions that can be found in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, and even the Gulf of Mexico — are a serious problem for U.S. waterways. These hypoxic zones, the result of excess nitrogen and phosphorus run off, can […]

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DC Water, WEF launch National Green Infrastructure Certification Program website

In July, DC Water and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) launched a website for the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP). This program, which is in development, is a national certification for green infrastructure (GI) construction, inspection, and maintenance workers. The website, www.ngicp.org, is the best resource for the latest program news and updates; access […]

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Grants recipient list released for stormwater projects

In its latest effort to preserve and improve the health of vital waterways, the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Environmental Protection Agency will bestow grants totaling over $800,000 to 17 organizations from Pennsylvania to Southern Virginia through the partnership’s annual “Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns” (G3) program. The grant, which funds implementation of projects […]

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Carnegie Mellon installs stormwater tanks

After major storms flooded low-lying areas of Pittsburgh repeatedly in 2004, 2009, and 2011, Carnegie Mellon University is now in the final stages of a major stormwater management project that will redirect floodwaters from major storms toward constructive uses for both the city and campus. Since early May, construction crews have been excavating the area […]

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Delaware stormwater regulation bill signed into law

Following unanimous approval by the Delaware General Assembly, Gov. Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 253 into state law on June 24. The bill eases stormwater requirements and provides flexibility to achieve results. The measure, which concerns standards set for stormwater-runoff management by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), results from a […]

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U.S. EPA report advises how stormwater techniques can aid climate change challenges

On May 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the report, Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Regions (EPA/600/R-15/087F). The report provides insights gleaned from workshops and assessments EPA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held with local planners on […]

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Opportunity for input on International Stormwater BMP Database

 The Urban Water Resources Research Council, a subdivision of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), has developed a short survey to obtain input from users and interested parties regarding the International Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) Database. Click to take the survey. The survey will be […]

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NYC begins building 321 curbside rain gardens

On May 25, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Commissioner Steven Lawitts and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora announced work has begun to build approximately 321 specially designed curbside rain gardens in the Queens neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Maspeth and Ridgewood. When construction is completed later this year, each […]

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Detroit uses sites of demolished homes to soak up stormwater

An article published by the The Detroit News on May 19 describes how a coalition of researchers and city officials transformed several vacant lots from demolished homes into rain gardens to help control stormwater. The article, “Sites of demolished Detroit homes used to soak up water,” explains how the project started. The project includes representatives […]

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Artificial islands help clean stormwater

Artificial islands help clean stormwater Floating islands in a Wisconsin stormwater retention pond are helping remove pollutants from stormwater. The article “Artificial Islands Cleanse Pollutants From Stormwater,” describes how the floating islands are built and function. The article — part of the column The Works, which focuses “on infrastructure in a rapidly urbanizing world” — […]

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